Posts Tagged ‘bodhisattvas of the earth’

November 24th, 2012

A few weeks ago we had the good fortune of having William Woollard, Matt MacMillan and Karen and myself sat around our kitchen table. We read two lovely experiences about relationships with mothers, one from two sisters in India, Bipasha van der Zijde & Bishaka Dalvi. The other experience was from Kelvin Lam. We swapped stories and experiences and played music from the Podsafe music network including, Levi Blues by the Dala Girls, Mine Again by Black Lab and Yael Naim with New Soul. The editing took some time and I was able to get the file ready to the digital work on the plane to Brisbane, where when we land I hope to post online! Thank you very much everyone for the many birthday wishes you were kind enough to send and for all your good wishes about our forthcoming move to Vancouver. We are continuing to study hard and have started writing the lecture for the next show, so bear with us as we embark on the next crazy adventure. I think its about time we shared an experience of how we have done this, what do you think?

April 10th, 2011

Jason is back from Japan and we are back with another show! Tonight we have a lecture for you on Nichiren Daishonin’s writing, “Letter to Jakunichi-Bo”. Based on President Ikeda’s lecture in SGI Newsletter 7676, this is the second time Jason has lectured on this writing, but it’s so different! Themes include:

  • Forging ordinary human beings into buddhas
  • Gohonzon, a blue print for Buddhahood
  • What are the odds being able to practice
  • The four virtues
  • Bodhisattva Superior Practices
  • Three powerful enemies
  • The right teacher
  • Three presidents
  • Johan Galtung

Tonight we have music from the Podsafe Music Network. We play Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros singing Coma Girl and Kelly Brock with Cowboy Boots and Levis. We have shoutouts and a quick catch up with Jason’s last few weeks. The artwork for tonights show is of the cherry blossom in Tokyo last week.
Thank you so much for waiting and for taking the time to download the show. Have a fabulous week!

March 6th, 2011

Welcome back to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! On tonights show we have the amazing William Woollard reading Chapter 3, “So What’s Religion All About?”, from his book, Buddhism and the Science of Happiness.

We also have some questions about chanting and about the relationship between the priesthood and the SGI, frank and honest opinions from Jason. Oh yes, take a look at this great site for some background, The Untold Story of the Fuji School

We have three great pieces of music courtesy of The first track is the late Katie Webster’s record, “Hard Loving Mama” ; the second is Tom Waits with “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” and finally we have Slackstring playing their timeless, kick back and relax “Sun Will Shine Again“. If you like the music please check the Music page on our website where we have added links to help you find the music to buy if you want to.

Shoutouts to people from all over the world. You know every email, review on ITunes, shout out request, facebook message, tweet that we receive is such encouragement for us both, thank you for making the time to both listen to the show and to let us know you care. Have a fantastic week!

October 18th, 2009

Welcome to another episode of A Buddhist Podcast! Tonight we have a lecture from Jason based on a letter written by Nichiren Daishonin, called Letter to Jakunichi-Bo. Subjects include:

  • What does it mean to practice Buddhism correctly?
  • One to one support
  • The power of appreciation
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • Practice for oneself and others
  • Nam-myoho-renge-kyo embodies the four paramitas
  • What is fundamental darkness?
  • Illuminating the darkness of bullying
  • Nichiren, Sun Lotus
  • Leave nothing on the pitch
  • Being known as a votary of the Lotus Sutra
  • Noble envoys of Nichiren Daishonin

Tonight we play three tracks! Thanks to PW Fenton, we have Lea Gilmore singing Ride My Blues Away. From the Podsafe Music Network we have the Lovespirals singing This Truth and Great Big Sea singing Beat the Drum.

We have a correction we make and a reading of the wonderful poem by Christian Larson called The Optimists Creed.

We have so many shoutouts tonight from Amsterdam to Singapore, from London to New York and from Mexico to New Delhi! Its a packed show and we hope you enjoy it! Thank you for listening, have a wonderful week!

February 9th, 2009

Finally, we are back! We are so pleased to do this show tonight, so pleased to be able to share this with you! After 3 years we have decided to finish our lecture series on Gongyo! Tonights lecture is an introduction to the Juryo Chapter, the 16th Chapter of the Lotus Sutra, known as the Lifespan Chapter! Some of the headings include:

  • Traveller
  • Where do we come from and where are we going?
  • How can life be eternal if we all die?
  • Overview of the Lotus Sutra
  • Eternity is an aspect of life
  • Do you ride the shopping trolley of life?
  • Mentor and Disciple
  • Nichiren the human being
  • White knuckle daimoku
  • Our lives are one with the universe
  • We are the Bodhisattvas of the Earth
  • Striving for self worth
  • Unprecedented Challenge

Music for tonights show comes from the great talent of Cat Malojian! These two lads from Northern Ireland make great music, and we love it. Tonight they play Who Knows? and Goodnight. If you like their music, pop over to ITunes and buy some!

Thank you for all your messages of support and encouragement, we hope you enjoy tonights show!

August 15th, 2008

Tonight we are looking at another passage from Nichiren Daishonin’s letter to Sairen-bo, The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life. The theme of tonights lecture is the Bodhisattvas of the Earth and it includes the following headings!

What is Buddhism about?
Bodhisattva Superior Practices
Belief is not enough
The Mystic Law is life itself
What does Nam-myoho-renge-kyo mean?
Our lives are the candles of life
Flushing with the Mystic Law
Blowing away negativity
Nurturing life
Tapping our toes to the tune of the Mystic Law
Awakening others to the greatness within their lives

We have a wonderful experience from Jonathan Steele and shoutouts that stretch across the world!

Tonights music comes from the Podsafe Music Network. We play a great relaxing kick back tune from Slackstring called Sun Again Will Shine. Also tonight we have a really great tune from singer songwriter Amy Regan, what an amazing voice, she sings Everybody Needs Somewhere To Go.

Thank you for listening and for the wonderful comments and kind emails.  A very special thank you to Peter Waring, Alan McIntyre, the Youth Division and Members of the amazing 3 Castles Chapter in the East Midlands, UK who invited me to give this lecture earlier this month. Their hospitality and kindness is deeply appreciated. Have a wonderful week!